Wickmayer and Malisse shine at Wimbledon

The Flemish tennis diva Yanina Wickmayer has qualified for the third round at Wimbledon. She lost the first set against Anna Tatishvili of Georgia, but recovered quickly to take the next two sets and seal the win after 1 hour and 47 minutes. Wickmayer will next meet Svetlana Kuznetsova. In the men's event, Xavier Malisse continues his fine run.

In the absence of Kim Clijsters, it's Yanina Wickmayer who is carrying the hopes of the Belgian fans in the women's tournament. Despite nursing a couple of light injuries (including lower back problems), the 19th seed from Antwerp province started as the big favourite against her Georgian opponent, the world's number 118.

In the opening game, it quickly turned out that Wickmayer would face stiff opposition, as Tatishvili immediately managed a service break. Tatishvili won the opening set 6-3, but Wickmayer found the right rhythm and took the next two sets 6-4 and 6-2.

Wickmayer had 8 aces and also 34 winners compared to Tatishvili's 1 ace and 23 winners. In the round of 32, the Belgian will meet Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia, the world's number 12. Wickmayer is the only Belgian left in the ladies' singles.

Malisse stuns 20th seed

In the men's singles, Xavier Malisse has also reached the third round. The number 42 on the men's world rankings despatched Germany's Florian Mayer in four sets: 1-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 after 1 hour and 35 minutes of play. Mayer was the 20th seed in Wimbledon and is a top 20 player.